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The Sword and the Broom

The Exceptional Career and Accomplishments of John Mercer Langston

2016 INDIES Winner
Silver, Young Adult Nonfiction (Children's)

John Mercer Langston, orator, abolitionist, educator, diplomat, was Virginia's first black Congressman. Born on a Virginia plantation in 1829 to a wealthy white plantation owner and his freed slave, Langston was orphaned at age 4, sent to Ohio where he received two degrees from Oberlin, became the state's first black attorney; inspector general of the Freedmen's Bureau, started Howard U.'s law school, and was the first president of VSU. This book retells and enhances his autobiography.